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Operation Smiles Project impacts

Supported by an amazing company Arena Flowers, The GLA and our new partnership with the Black men for change Project we are incredibly proud present a summary of our impacts for our work in the mental health and well being space.

Our work on mental health is an implied part of our engagement with young people as we invariably introduce key topics, issues and impacts on our mental health through the different engagement methods.

In this case our work with Operation Smiles was framed as a project designed to relief boredom as a result of the pandemic, but effectively it provided great opportunities to

  • review young peoples attitudes towards lockdown
  • understand the effect of the lockdown on the community
  • develop solutions to improving our own mental health

The Operation Smiles project represented the beginnings of a much deeper and longer programme of work focused on developing a team of mental health peer leaders. The Peer Programme will be embedded into a number of our community projects, programmes and provide an opportunity for our young people to gain valuable work experience. As we progress the programme we will be involving

  • 4 Young Minds
  • Universal Board Games
  • Gamcare
  • Black Men for Change
  • OSTC
  • Money A & E
  • ED Tree

We look forward to continuing this work as lockdown eases.

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